Kanshudo Component Builder
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By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
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If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
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Grammar detail: はやい

はやい - early; fast
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The word はやい means early or fast. In spoken language, these concepts are largely interchangeable in English, and the same is true in Japanese. In written Japanese, however, はやい can be written with two different kanji, depending on whether we are referring to speed or the passage of time:
速い - fast, rapid: used when referring to something's physical speed
He is the fastest runner in our class.
早い - early, quick: used when referring to how quickly or early something takes place

He does not get up early.
Time goes by very quickly, doesn't it?
In some cases both kanji are possible and would imply a different meaning. For example, 早い電車 would mean 'early train' whereas 速い電車 would mean 'fast train'.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ソク   はや fast   はやまる be hasty   はやめる to expedite, to hasten   すみやか speedy   
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ソウ   サッ   early; fast   はや early   はやまる be hasty   はやめる to expedite, to hasten   
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デン    electricity   
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シャ   くるま car   
ヒ   かれ he   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
バン    turn   
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キ   おきる to wake up, to get up   おこる to happen   おこす to rouse   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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